Day 5: As you've seen in my previous posts I include all street hardware as part of manhole madness. Sewer, storm, gas, electric, telephone, water and any other reason for having a piece of metal inserted into a street or sidewalk gets my attention. If you're a die-hard manhole enthusiast you might not agree that water meters count. I think they do. In fact, learning about the famous New Orleans water meter covers got me looking down more often, especially while roaming the charming streets of the French Quarter. The meter cover was manufactured by Ford Meter Box Company, Wabash, Indiana. See the wikipedia page HERE. Another informative article is HERE. My photo of the water meter cover in NOLA is first, followed by variants borrowed from the wikipedia page. These aren't the only three types, but they are enough to prove that it's fun to observe the slight differences. Want more? See Google.
Perspective: The meter covers are only about 12" wide.
You can't go into any souvenir store without seeing the crescent moon water meter marking on something. Aprons, tshirts, potholders, shot glasses.... I scored a lovely charm from Sterling Silvia which hangs from my everyday necklace. The coasters were a gift from my friend Katherine - love them. I also left New Orleans with two Kabuki Hats - one is the beret below. The ornament is from CopperFancy, available through Amazon. The coasters were a gift from my friend Katherine - love them.
More on manholes tomorrow!